Theme: "Rainbow Connection" — Theme answers are common phrases that start with the colors of the rainbow, in the order of a well-known mnemonic.
[Note: This is the syndicated L.A. Times puzzle. It does not appear in the actual newspaper, but is available for free at cruciverb.com.]
- 22A: Fake footprint at the murder scene, e.g. (RED HERRING).
- 28A: Tea type (ORANGE PEKOE).
- 33A: Coward, slangily (YELLOW BELLY).
- 66A: Anne's home, in a 1908 Montgomery classic (GREEN GABLES).
- 98A: Aristocratic (BLUE BLOODED).
- 107A: "Closer to Fine" folk-rock duo (INDIGO GIRLS).
- 115A: Ponytailed pal of Lucy Van Pelt, in "Peanuts" (VIOLET GRAY).
- 49D: Mnemonic for this puzzle's theme (ROY G. BIV).
Crosswordese 101: Someday we should put together some sort of visual aid to familiarize you with all the people from the Bible you need to know. But today we'll just talk about ESAU. The way he's clued in today's puzzle — 80D: Twin of Jacob — is typical. It's also helpful to know that his parents are Isaac and Rebekah and his grandfather is Abraham. Apparently he was hairy and he was tricked into selling his birthright. Oh, and he bought a mess of pottage. I have no idea what that means, but it comes up in clues every once in a while.
Other crosswordese in this puzzle that we've already covered includes ARES (2D: Aggressive Greek god), ESTE (13D: Italian noble family), ÉTUI (34D: Case for tweezers and such), TSARS (45D: Old dynasts), E. LEE (65D: Civil War's Robt. __), and ERMA (110D: Columnist Bombeck).
- 9A: Tante's spouse (ONCLE). French!
- 19A: Brother of Moses (AARON). See what I mean about the Biblical names? See also 95D: Third son of King David (ABSALOM).
- 26A: Story starter? (ESS). Orange talked about this type of clue last month in a Crosswordese 101 lesson. To get the answer you have to ignore the meaning of the words and focus on their individual letters.
- 27A: Kiss drummer Peter (CRISS). I wanted to see Kiss in 6th grade when they came to the Fargo Civic Center, but my parents wouldn't let me. So I got my revenge 30 years later and saw them when I was 40. I'm pretty sure I had a completely different reaction to them than I would have back in the day.
- 56A: 1930s-'40s singer/actress Durbin (DEANNA). A quick skim through her Wikipedia entry doesn't unearth anything fascinating. (See also, 36D: "Boston Public" actress Sharon LEAL). Well, Durbin is Canadian, so Crosscan will like that.
- 74A: Bad marks (DEES). Again with the spelled out letters.
- 81A: "Like that'll ever happen!" ("DREAM ON!").
- 97A: Island east of Java (TIMOR). I must get a better handle on geography if I'm going to keep solving puzzles.
- 118A: Knock off (CEASE). I was thinking more along the lines of a heist.
- 122A: Specter on the Hill (ARLEN). I'm a little skeptical of his recent conversion to the Democratic party, but he seems to be holding the line on health care, so okay.
- 123A: Locker room group (TEAM). I wish TEAM hadn't also appeared in a clue — 43A: A-Team muscleman (MR. T).
- 12D: A million to one, say (LONG ODDS). PuzzleSon is having some difficulty grasping this concept. He is pretty sure that he's going to win every single contest he enters. I guess he'll learn.
- 15D: Warmongers (HAWKS). Also the 2009 National Champion University of Iowa wrestling team.
- 19D: Hood's weapon? (ARROW). I didn't get this while I was solving and didn't see the answer until I was putting this post together. I must have gotten it completely through crosses. I kinda wish I'd seen it though — it's very clever!
- 44D: Keep getting Mad, say (RENEW). See the way Mad is capitalized? That means we're talking about the magazine, not the emotion.
- 77D: Annual dance (PROM).
- 79D: Lollapalooza (DILLY). If you didn't read my post on this year's Lollapuzzoola tournament, you should go read it now!
- 85D: "Blue" TV squad (NYPD). Did you know Jimmy Smits is on "Dexter"? I'm watching "Dexter" now, is what I'm saying.
Everything Else — 1A: Sharp comment (BARB); 5A: 12th century year (MCII); 14A: Guttural interruption (AHEM); 18A: Domingo forte (ARIA); 20A: Santa's favorite snack cakes? (HOHOS); 21A: Limp-watch artist (DALI); 24A: __-garde (AVANT); 25A: Words of triumph (I WIN); 30A: Bite hard (CHOMP); 31A: Conjurer's word (PRESTO); 32A: Ages like iron (RUSTS); 37A: Finishes, as a lawn (EDGES); 39A: Net business (E-TAIL); 40A: It may have a code (AREA); 41A: James Bond's domain (SPYDOM); 46A: Fitness franchise primarily for women (CURVES); 48A: Related to the lower back (SACRAL); 50A: Evening parties (SOIREES); 52A: Adjusts, as sagging socks (HIKES UP); 54A: Helmsley and others (LEONAS); 57A: Stuffed shirt (SNOB); 59A: "As a matter of fact," informally (Y'KNOW); 61A: More ill-mannered (RUDER); 62A: Stare (GAPE); 70A: Statutes (LAWS); 71A: Paperless tests (ORALS); 73A: Meal on a stick (KABOB); 76A: Nursery rhyme loser? (BOPEEP); 78A: Make a home (in) (RESIDE); 86A: Shows up (APPEARS); 88A: Correct, as text (REVISE); 90A: Site of a bread line? (BAKERY); 91A: "L.A. Law" costar (DEY); 92A: Go round and round (ROTATE); 94A: __ land: unreality (LA LA); 96A: Marathoner's woe (CRAMP); 100A: Pay attention in class (LEARN); 103A: Like a dismal day (DREARY); 106A: One of a world majority (ASIAN); 109A: Fishing mishaps (SNAGS); 110A: Struggle to make, with "out" (EKE); 113A: Cranny's partner (NOOK); 114A: Honda, to Toyota (RIVAL); 117A: Wittenberg's river (ELBE); 119A: Wrong move (ERROR); 120A: Mythical matchmaker (AMOR); 121A: Highlands rejections (NAES); 124A: Slider's goal (BASE); 1D: Unadorned (BARE); 3D: Frees (of) (RIDS); 4D: Scrooge's cry (BAH); 5D: Cousin of the xylophone (MARIMBA); 6D: Veggie drawers (CRISPERS); 7D: Charged particles (IONS); 8D: Having one sharp, musically (IN G); 9D: Chicago site of many connections (O'HARE); 10D: Bright stars (NOVAS); 11D: Seaman's song (CHANTEY); 14D: Gigi's goodbyes (ADIEUS); 16D: Economist Janeway (ELIOT); 17D: Gets the lead out? (MINES); 23D: Lacking auditory feedback (ECHOLESS); 28D: Jazz trombonist Kid __ (ORY); 29D: Chinese leader (PREMIER); 30D: Horror writer Barker (CLIVE); 31D: Put (PLACE); 33D: "Ugh!" ("YECH!"); 35D: Symbol of happiness (LARK); 38D: Like no news? (GOOD); 41D: Decaf pioneer (SANKA); 42D: "If at first you don't succeed" course of action (PLAN B); 43D: "How Can You __ Broken Heart?": Bee Gees hit (MEND A); 47D: Like most pop hits (SUNG); 51D: He succeeded Fidel (RAUL); 53D: Politically motivated spending (PORK); 55D: Auctioneer's shout (SOLD); 58D: Nasty exam (BEAR); 60D: Lawn intruder (WEED); 62D: Turn (GO BAD); 63D: Soap-on-__ (A-ROPE); 64D: Popeye's dad Poopdeck __ (PAPPY); 67D: Big name in criticism (EBERT); 68D: Long time follower? (NO SEE); 69D: Certain Slav (SERB); 72D: Chef's high-temperature technique (SEARING); 75D: Vacation area (SEACOAST); 82D: Goodyear's home (AKRON); 83D: Hoover Dam's lake (MEAD); 84D: "It's him __": lover's ultimatum (OR ME); 87D: More boring (STODGIER); 89D: __ Fagan, Billie Holiday's birth name (ELEANORA); 93D: New kid on the block, e.g. (ARRIVAL); 97D: Toys "R" Us purchases (TRIKES); 98D: Real est. ad count (BRS); 99D: Hybrid big cat (LIGER); 100D: Bedding material (LINEN); 101D: First name in B-29 lore (ENOLA); 102D: Southwestern home (ADOBE); 104D: Rub off (ERASE); 105D: Woody in films (ALLEN); 108D: Willy of "Free Willy" (ORCA); 109D: Foal's father (SIRE); 111D: "Get Smart" evil agency (KAOS); 112D: Thornfield Hall governess (EYRE); 115D: Check for accuracy (VET); 116D: Gift of the garrulous (GAB).